Re-print from SPORTDIVER.
Leslie Leaney, Executive Director of the Cayman Islands' International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame (ISDHF) was recognized as the recipient of the 2016 Reaching Out Award. The Diving Equipment and Marketing Association’s (DEMA) Reaching Out Award honors leaders and pioneers in the dive industry for their remarkable contributions to the success and growth of the sport and dive community.
On Nov. 18, Leaney will be honored at the 28th annual DEMA Awards Party at The Joint at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas. He will be joined by fellow honoree, Lad Adkins of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), who will be acknowledged for his conservation efforts and work with invasive lionfish species.
“Mr. Leaney has been integral to the growth of the dive product in the Cayman Islands and we are proud to see his work recognized by the prestigious DEMA community,” said Rosa Harris, director of tourism. “It’s through his preservation efforts and thoughtful contributions to the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame that divers and their legacies will live on and help to inspire future generations to discover the Cayman Islands’ spectacular underwater depths.”